It’s been some time now since the gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer first dallied into the PC market with the original Razer Blade, a system aimed squarely at the high end of portable PC gaming. Since then Razer has unveiled Pros and Cores and screens with more pixels than you can poke a stick at, with the aim of being to gamers what Apple is to designers: the all in one solution.
It’s fair to say Razer has largely squared away that market too, offering some of the nicest and most powerful notebooks around… if you’re willing to pay the price. Alas, a powerful gaming laptop is often large and bulky and not entirely practical outside of your home setup. If you’re the type who wants to use your notebook for business and pleasure, then the big bulky gaming beasts weren’t the most attractive solution. Enter the Razer Blade Stealth, Razer’s new ultrabook that would have aimed to kill the Macbook Air had Apple not already beat it to it.
The Blade Stealth is Razer’s take on pint-sized productivity, a powerful little ultrabook that is well suited to a university lecture or an afternoon meeting. It’s an undeniably attractive little piece of kit that balances the obvious gamer influences with a sleek aesthetic that saves it from looking out of place. It features a crisp little chiclet keyboard that feels as nice as it looks, and the higher models even feature fancy RGB backlighting for that “cherry on top” feel. The 12.5”, 2560×1440 (2K) screen on the model I spent time with was remarkably vibrant and functioned as a touch screen as well. This seemed a little gimmicky at first but let me assure you, it takes very little time to get used to and is an integral part if the little Ultrabook’s appeal.
Performance wise, the Blade Stealth is about what you’d expect from any other high end Ultrabook, though it’s certainly not enough to play any kind of intense games on. Instead it’s suited to everyday productivity tasks, from cruising Chrome to editing long reports in Excel or Word, featuring plenty enough RAM and processing power to get through those tasks without any worry. Given the strength of integrated graphics these days you can even run games like Rocket League or other small, non-intensive offerings relatively well, but it certainly won’t be replacing your main gaming rig any day soon.
Not that the Razer Blade Stealth was ever intended to be your next gaming rig. Instead, it’s very squarely aimed at being a productive little monster. Combine it with something like a kitted out Razer Core and it could certainly handle any game you cared to throw at it. Otherwise, the Razer Blade Stealth suits its purpose perfectly.
If you’re someone who requires a laptop on the go because you’re sick of the bulk of bigger laptops, someone who doesn’t game on the go much or even just someone who’s prefers Windows over Mac OS in a powerful Ultrabook then the Razer Blade Stealth is for you.